Birth: A War of Two Worlds!
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i found the original dub of Planet Busters to be one of the most entertaining english dubs I have ever heard. After finally getting Birth i was a little dissappointed in the original japanese diologue in comparison. The animation in this feature has a lot of quirky elements and I felt that the planet busters english language edit brought out that quirkiness the best. However, planet busters edit cut out a good amount of scenes from the feature (to presumably move the story along) however the story/plot is often convoluted because of this. So I am happy that when I viewed Birth I saw alot of new animated sequences and even certain elements to the story are different (some good, some bad differences). Of course the English dub on this ADV release is horrendously unwatchable (as usual), I was really hoping the english language version would be the Orion Planet Busters cut (maybe some day).
So overall: this feature is a hidden gem of action packed and interesting animation (as previous reviewer stated), and it is different cut than the Orion Planet Busters release (which is my favorite and i will always have a spot in my heart for). Still this release is quite a unique cartoon that any animation buff should check out.
The back story is Aqualoid was once a prosperous planet, but an attack from a mysterious life force, the Inorganics, transformeed it into a post-apocalyptic shell of its former self. When Nam finds a mysterious sword, he is suddenly the object of a planet-wide chase. With the Inorganics closing in, will Nam and his friends discover the secret of the sword and save their world? Or will they destroy Aqualoid in favor of a new Birth?
Birth was an ambitious, high production, experiment and is a must for any fan of vintage animation. The story is actually pretty good, it just takes time for it to unfold. At 80 minutes it's defintly worth picking up a copy up for a couple of dollars. One of the most memorable scenes is right at the end when the characters are in space and they talk to these deity beings about the meaning of life, only you hear no dialogue because human ears are not evolved enough to understand it yet.
Rating - A
Oh, great character design as well
Nevertheless it is an interesting production as long as you don't get the idea that there's going to be a story in there somewhere. The artwork and the animation are pretty highly evolved for a DVD of this sort.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As now all-too-often, Amazon has mixed-up reviews for what are really TWO different products, the VHS tape of Planet Busters, and the DVD of Birth. "But wait! Read morePublished on June 11, 2012 by James F. Neel
This title has a setting similiar to 'Nausicaa Wind of the Valley' and was made around the same time in 1984. So is it as good as Nausicaa? Not quite but it came close. Read morePublished on January 27, 2006 by Vision
Back in the old days, lots of anime was made to satisfy the eyeballs of otaku fanboys with a lot of visual fluff but they mostly lacked plot and characterization. Read morePublished on January 16, 2005 by Sesho
Okay, ADV REALLY owes me an explanation this time. I mean, this is undoubtedly one of the stupidest, strangest, most boring anime in the history of the planet. Read morePublished on July 27, 2004 by Strategos